Shirlie Project - Stage 1 download pdf

Shirlie Project - Stage 1

What do we offer at Stage 1?

You may come to us on an Activity Agreement with your learning plan already developed and we can help you through this or, we can help you create your own individual learning plan, either way the opportunities available to you on an Activity Agreement are endless.

We take time to get to know you, in an environment where you feel most comfortable and relaxed.  We get to know your likes, and dislikes, we listen to you and with our encouragement and support you can gain the skills you feel you need to be successful in your future.

Who can apply?

Young People are eligible if they have left school and are unable or not ready to access other options after leaving school because of problems such as prolonged absence from school, disabilities or learning difficulties.  You will need to be aged between 16 and 17 (up to 18 in some cases and up to 19 for those with additional support needs or learning difficulties).  For further information visit the Activity Agreement page.  Activity Agreements are available throughout the Highland area.

What can you achieve?

Whether you lack confidence or simply wish to try a new experience for the first time, our job coaches will help you along the way.  Some examples of achievements include:

  • Helping a young person to gain certificates needed to work on a farm
  • Accompanying a young person to Martial Arts class to increase confidence, improve fitness and meet new people to help with communication
  • Introducing a young person to a local specialist and organising some training in Taxidermy

We will work with you to ensure a successful outcome into employment, volunteering, further learning or training.

Could I get a training allowance?

You may be eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
For further information and to check if you may be entitled to claim EMA visit: Highland Council EMA

Who do I contact to find out more?

In the first instance speak to the Activity Agreement Coordinators
Paul MacMillan (North) - Ross-shire, Caithness, Sutherland and Skye -  Tel: 01349 868278
Matthew MacIver (South) - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch, Strathspey, Lochaber -  Tel: 01349 868269
Alternatively contact our Inverness Office to find your local contact.

Further information and contact details

Street Address: Head Office, 40 Longman Drive, Inverness, IV1 1SU

Telephone: 01463 716179

Secondary Telephone: 08000 546747



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Please Note: There will be some instances where funding will be required to access a service listed in this directory. Application for this requires to be made following appropriate Highland Council and/or NHS assessment for Adult Services and consequent resource allocation procedures. Further information on accessing services can be obtained from your local Adult Services Team.